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  1. #31

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    Beseler MXII

    My vote for the most frustrating piece of crap that I have ever owned goes to Beseler and their MXIII enlarger. It is a dog to align and will stay in alignment for all of ten minutes. I also have a Beseler/Minolta 45 A lighthead with it. The 45A lighthead could use more power but in terms of repeatibility has been a wonderful device. The Beseler has been replaced with a Durst 445 that is over 30 years old and has been moved at least four times and its alignment is as good as the day it left the factory...SUPERB.

    The worst piece of camera gear I have ever owned was an Alpa 6C. A beautiful, nicely finished camera with its wonderful Macro Switar lens had a terrible film advance system that was completely unreliable. After the fourth breakdown within one year ...approx. 1962... I wrote a nasty letter to the importer...Karl Heitz about how stupid I was to have paid more money for said camera than I would have paid for a Nikon F or a Leica M3... They sent me a new camera body. It was beautiful and it was broken within 2 weeks...Goodbye Alpa. Karl Heitz thought was a fine outfit with which to do business.

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    The motor drive on an early Nikon FM. The satisfaction I derived from smashing it on the sidewalk still makes me smile.

    And a siphon-type film washer. It only siphons if the water flow is precisely right. Once someone flushes a toilet in town, it either does not fill or it overflows.

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    My Nikon F-401x. Actually it may have been me for not doing the research into what kind of photography I wanted to do. The camera works good as intended but does lack functions I want, and has functions I never use. So I guess it's really me, not the camera, but I'll never admit to it. Ever.
    I have a 2 bladed Royal easel that has alignment issues. replaced it with a Saunder 4 bladed that also has some issues
    A Kodak 2 way safe light with a badly scratched #1 safelight filter. The clip at the top is bent and leaks light and the filter is so dark, (how dark is it) I had to hand hold it close to what I was doing just so I could see. PITA! Also replaced with a dome style that works great!
    I also have a Spiratone 50mm 1:3.5 that has a loose f-stop ring. sometimes hard to tell which f-stop it's really at.

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    My Nikon F3. After replacing the system electronics in it 3 times, I just gave up.
    Robert M. Teague
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    "A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist" -- Louis Nizer

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    35mm film reels, I hate them! They work , but what a hassle.
    Stop trying to get into my mind, There is nothing there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomassauerwein
    35mm film reels, I hate them! They work , but what a hassle.
    I don't mind SS. Me and plastic have never gotten along very well.
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
    =Neal W.=

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    Oh!! I got another one. Those 6 sheet 4x5 sheet holders that you use for 5 gallon tanks. if you agitate a little too much, you'll find some of your sheets on the bottom of the tank when you turn the light on. AND it was in the development tank.

    And 2 blade easels. I think they are worthless. Anyone want a free one? Pay shipping and i'll send you mine

  8. #38

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    Another comes to mind. The guy I bought my first Nikon from gave me a Miida 25/3.5 lens for free. I remember how much I liked the wide angle view but this soon changed when the lens elements came loose and half of every frame was out of focus at all apertures. Truly a piece of crap. I'd never heard of a Miida lens before and I've never heard of one since.

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    Wisner View Camera... for many reasons from "service" to shoddy construction to falling off the tripod when the tripod mount came out of the camera.

    Omega D5500 Automatic controller for dichro color head. I have four of these electronic paperweights if anyone wants one.

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    Besler bordeless easel.....even new it was a POS.....

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